Grateful Dead Live at Berkeley Community Theater on 1985-03-09
Unknown aud via Jim Decker, pitch correction Jeff Cotsman, shn encoding Matt Vernon
Subject: For what it's worth
Subject: Another solid '85 show!
The first set starts out with an energetic Bertha. Garcia's voice is a bit craggy but his leads are blistering and he is singing with enthusiasm. This was a few moths after Jerry's arrest in January and the crowd goes ballistic when he belts out the jailhouse line. Saturday Night is brief and quick tempoed. Next is Sugaree which is one of the highlights of the evening. Jerry's vocals sound pretty decent and there is extended jams after each verse, including some furious strumming. Bobby keeps things going with a very nice It's All Over Now. There are some slick bluesy leads in this one and it keeps the momentum. Unfortunately, Jerry slows things down with a lackluster Row Jimmy, one of the only letdowns of the set. Bobby closes out the set with an exciting version of Let it Grow. This one is hot with lots of fiery leads by Garcia and intense group improvisation. Great set ended. Not many songs in the first set but many of them are stretched out inluding the last four songs, all surpassing the ten minute mark.
Set two is a bit disappointing and aside from some interesting song choice and Merle Saunders on Space>Other One, there aren't many highlights. The set opener China>Cumberland is a unique and excellent duo. Unfortunately the China doesn't really develop into anything and the jam is mediocre. The transition into Cumberland however is excellent. This version is fast paced with some nice lead picking by Jerry. Eyes has a nice jazzy jam but is otherwise uneventful. The post drums section with Saunders s a great highlight of this show. His playing adds another dimension to Space, experimenting with some of the Twilight Zone things he had been working on. He stays on for a brief yet intense Other One that segues into a nice version of The Wheel. Unfortunately, the boys lose steam after this and the rest of the set is sloppy at best. The baby Blue encore is sloppily played and sang.
Subject: Space and THE WHEEL....!!
The surprise leap into "Cumberland Blues" out of "China Cat" is thrilling but the calibre of playing, although inspired, is nothing to get really excited about. The "Space" segment with Merl Saunders, however, IS something to get excited about: it's a mesmerizing creation, with tons of swirling psychedelica, leading into a superb "The Other One".....
.....and then there's "The Wheel".....
.....this is perhaps my very favorite reading of "The Wheel".....and I'm a "Wheel junkie"! I first acquired this tape in 1986 and have listened to this amazing version literally hundreds of times. The graceful melodies into & out of the song are just just incredible incredible, with an astounding level of gentle poignancy that has, on occasion over the years, brought tears to my eyes. Weir's vocal slip not withstanding, this is, again, perhaps my favorite reading. The band sounds free & relaxed, all ears open. Even if you don't download the entire performance, you should not overlook this exquisite gem.
Actually, all of post-Drums is very strong and is the highlight segment of the entire show; one wishes they would have graced us with another set, now that they were warmed up!
It's amazing how much alike the SDBD and the AUDs sound.....although the AUDs have much more warmth. In plain language, download the AUD version.
I'll give this a 4-star rating, based on the sound quality & the post-Drums segment.
Subject: Short, average and muffled
Subject: 3 songs
Subject: The creativity of '85!
Subject: I love this Bertha!
The rest of the show is good as well. 85 has always been one of my favorite years.
Subject: The Bust?
Subject: First show after Bust
Therefore, The first show after the bust was Kaiser Feb. 18, 1985. According to Blair Jackson, Jerry was grinning during the "Busted down on Bourbon Street" line during Truckin the next night...But this Berkeley show is great anyway...
Subject: This show IS the first show after Jerry's arrest
First Bertha, if thats what you meant.
pretty funny if you think about it, Big daddy Jerry in a herion haze at Golden Gate Park and then the cops show.
Subject: post bust bertha
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